Some people think, the less they eat, the more they lose – is this right? Wrong! When it comes to weight loss, faster is not necessarily better. That’s because extreme weight loss can only be achieved by extreme measures, such as very restrictive eating or over-exercising. These extreme measures come with substantial physical and psychological risks including the danger of nutritional deficiencies, gallstones and binge eating.
But what about all those wonder diets (such as the kick-start soup diet) that are often promoted? Aren’t these good for weight loss? Most are low in carbohydrates, and the quick initial drop in weight is simply loss of water. It takes time to mobilise fat. The function of fat is to store kilojoules as a reserve against lean times, so the fat cells are reluctant to part with their warehouse of kilojoules until it’s absolutely necessary to release them. Many fad diets are low in kilojoules and drastically cutting these slows your metabolism as the body, fearing famine, burns less energy.
Remember, you didn’t put on weight overnight, so you shouldn’t expect to lose it overnight either. When you start losing weight too quickly, you tend to lose a greater proportion of water and lean muscle mass, which you don’t want to lose.
Another problem with drastically restricting kilojoules is that your diet is likely to lack nutrients. This can cause weakness, making it more difficult to exercise, which is an essential component of weight loss. It can also lead to binge eating among people as the ‘forbidden’ foods on drastic diets become irresistible.
A moderate, sensible rate of weight loss, however, avoids such pitfalls. Studies show that after the first few weeks, sensible long term weight loss is achieved by losing between half to 1kg per week. This sensible rate also helps you develop the behavioural skills necessary to maintain weight loss.
At The Natural Way, we understand that losing weight involves more than just eating less; it also requires increased activity and behaviour modification or weight regain is likely. Our clients are not on a ‘diet’, rather they are beginning a lifestyle change which promotes successful maintenance and good health.
If you are sick of ‘crash dieting’ and regaining all of your lost weight, you need to come and see The Natural Way to learn HOW to lose weight and keep it off. Phone 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754663) TODAY to make a FREE appointment to find out more about our lifestyle-friendly program. NO MORE YO-YO DIETING – The Natural Way is your answer to long term weight maintenance!